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Lost In Translation | 2003 | R | - 6.2.4

A not-so-famous any longer American movie star (Bill Murray) travels to Tokyo to shoot whiskey commercials. While there he meets a young woman (Scarlett Johansson) who has traveled to Tokyo with her photographer husband. A friendship blossoms between them, and together they try to find out who they are and why they are where they are in their lives. Also with Anna Faris and Giovanni Ribisi. Directed by Sofia Coppola. [1:45]

SEX/NUDITY 6 - Women dance topless and with tiny thongs (we see bare breasts and bare buttocks) in a nightclub, men watch and give them money. A woman goes into a man's hotel room, asks him if he wants a massage, he declines, she lifts her leg to show him her stocking tops, she tells him to rip her stockings, and she falls on the floor kicking her legs in the air (we see her bare thighs and panties); he continues to resist her. An older man and a young woman kiss and hug, and a man and a woman kiss a few times. An older man and young woman kiss on the cheek a few times. A man wakes up and is shocked to find out there's a woman in his room (they apparently had sex). A man and a woman lie in bed together (he's bare-chested and she wears a T-shirt and panties). An older man and a young woman lie in bed together clothed, they talk, he touches her bare foot tenderly and they sleep. An older man carries a young woman to her hotel room and puts her in bed. An older man and a young woman hold hands and hug. A woman lies in bed on her side wearing a shirt and sheer panties (we see her buttock cleavage and bare legs). A man takes a shower and we see his bare chest, a man changes his shirt and we see his bare chest, a man is bare-chested when wearing swim trunks, and a man sits in a bath tub (we see his bare chest and distorted flesh tones through the water). Men sit in a sauna bare-chested, and women wear bandeau swimsuits. A woman on a poster wears a low-cut outfit that reveals cleavage. A comic book page has a stylized nude woman with bare breasts.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 2 - A man throws something at a barman, who pulls a weapon and begins firing at the man and his companions: we see flashes being emitted from the gun but we do not see or hear any bullets striking (it is therefore uncertain whether it is a real gun). A woman's toe is bruised and bandaged. We hear about a man being a prisoner of war and being tortured. People talk about other people suffering from anorexia nervosa. A man gets stuck on a cross country training machine going really fast.


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LANGUAGE 4 - 3 sexual references, 1 scatological term, 3 anatomical terms, 1 mild obscenity, 2 religious exclamations.


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SUBSTANCE USE - People drink alcohol and smoke in many scenes.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Mid-life crises, marriage, love, friendship, Japanese culture vs. American culture, loneliness, disconnection, strained marital relationships, infidelity.

MESSAGE - New friendships can help define what's really important in life.

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